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Wattpad Reviews

Updated June 6, 2018
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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - autonomy to pursue projects that are interesting to you
    - building for a global user base
    - great people

    Cons

    - growing so quickly on the user side that it is hard to keep up with the work


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Mid-senior level potential employees should be *very* wary"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Wattpad full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Beautiful office in a great location
    - Some amazing, lovely and kind people
    - Some really intelligent and clever people + technology

    Cons

    - Lots of extremely young + talented employees means some great people but many are too junior/afraid to speak up
    - If you're mid-senior level of experience be extremely careful - majority of senior leadership is only concerned with looking good and keeping their departments protected
    - Senior managers will lie directly to your face and to others
    - KPIs aren't taken seriously by management but you will be held accountable to them
    - You can be thrown under the bus rather than have managers admit the direction or performance on a project is underperforming, to the point where people will lose their jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up to what your senior management are doing/saying about people. If otherwise high performing and kind people are continuously getting fired but you never get to speak to them or find out exactly why it's happening, or you're getting conflicting reports, dig into it. You're losing good, hardworking people and your reputation will suffer.

  3. "Great place to work!"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Wattpad full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Work/life balance is great
    - Smart people
    - Great culture
    - Interesting problems to solve
    - Actually transparent (internally)

    Cons

    - HR moves slowly
    - Upper management changes their vision/goals a lot (but they're working to fix it)
    - Hard to move around due to limited resources

    Advice to Management

    You have an awesome thing going on here at Wattpad so keep on doing what you're doing!


  4. "Outstanding Toronto Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Wattpad full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - great culture
    - interesting problems to solve
    - champions innovation
    - inclusive culture
    - trust and autonomy
    - flexible hours
    - highly collaborative
    - meaningful mission
    - great office and location

    Cons

    - difficult to advance career within company
    - compensation could be better


  5. "Decent place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Wattpad full-time

    Pros

    Strong engineering department, flexible hours.

    Cons

    Salary could be higher for engineers.


  6. "Inspirational Company"

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    Former Employee - People/Human Resources Team in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - People/Human Resources Team in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Wattpad full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    . The people - Wattpad hires amazing people. A players learning from A players.
    . Purposeful mission
    . Great products
    . Amazing office - downtown
    . Culture is great

    Cons

    .Re-evaluating priorities and re-aligning key strategies is the nature of the beast as technology companies scale - Wattpad manages these shifts well - excellent all hands communication

    Advice to Management

    .Keep focusing on new products like Tap which is amazing


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Wonderful internship experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Great mentorship opportunities available
    - Chance to work with modern tech stack
    - Interesting problems to work on
    - Supportive working environment

    Cons

    - Office space may be getting a bit small for the growing company size

  8. Helpful (6)

    "Ineffective organization"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Wattpad full-time

    Pros

    - fridge full of snacks
    - nice office in a central location

    Cons

    - leadership team lacks focus and cohesion
    - waivering strategic direction for company as a whole
    - collaborative culture is a facade
    - opportunistic, self involved people
    - lacking innovation
    - reactionary rather than thoughtful decisions are made
    - alot of young, inexperienced people on staff
    - process does not exist

    Advice to Management

    Determine the vision and direction of the company and be sure to adhere to it confidently.


  9. "Fast moving company with lots of talent!"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Wattpad (More than a year)

    Pros

    * not afraid to experiment with modern technologies
    * open and friendly engineering team
    * amazing benefits

    Cons

    * lots of organizational changes, expected in a fast moving company


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Software Developer Co-op"

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing work environment with lots of social activities. Coops and interns are treated just like full time employees. Very cool office that is located in a very nice area of Toronto.

    Cons

    Can't think of any :)


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